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At The Opera, R. Strauss Die Agyptische Helena, March 8, 2014


Die Agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It premiered at the Dresden Semperoper on June 6, 1928. Strauss had written the title role with Maria Jeritza in mind but, creating quite a sensation at the time, the Dresden opera management refused to pay Jeritza's large fee and cast Elisabeth Rethberg instead as Helen of Troy. Jeritza eventually created the part in Vienna and New York.

As inspiration for the story, Hofmannsthal used sources from Euripides and Stesichorus. This 2002 recording stae Deborah Voigt and Carl Tanner. Leon Botstein conducts.

 
Saturday, March 08, 2014

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:08p
Richard Strauss: Die Agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helena - 1928 version) - American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor; Deborah Voigt; Label: Telarc; Number: 80605 FindBUY FindBUY
10:00p
10:40p
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Act 1 last scene - Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor; Jonas Kaufmann; Label: Mariinsky; Number: 4sacd FindBUY FindBUY
11:00p
11:10p
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Wotans Farewell - Mariinski Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, conductor; Rene Pape; Label: Mariinsky; Number: 4sacd FindBUY FindBUY
11:32p
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di (One fine day) - Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor; Mirella Freni; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:37p
Carlo Bergonzi: Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:39p
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:43p
Cilea: L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico ; Label: London/Decca; Number: 4758366 FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
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